Monday: 8th July, 2019
Reference text: Genesis 28:10-22
Genesis 28:11 Jacob reached a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun was setting. He found a stone there, used it for a pillow, and slept there for the night,
For some people, falling asleep can be really hard work because they can only do so within a certain kind of ambience: a set temperature, background sound, a particular kind of mattress or a pillow with specific dimensions. In the absence of any one of these variables, sleep becomes a tough task.
In the environment Jacob found himself, it seemed rather unfortunate because while some had the choice of cotton or feather filled pillows, he had a stone; a rather uncomfortable option if one wanted a good night’s rest. Yet, it made no big difference because even with his head on that odd surface, he still dreamt of angels; there was not an obstacle to connecting with God.
Sometimes, we are made to believe that the only times to best connect with God are those moments when we are most ‘comfortable’. As Jacob exclaimed: ‘Surely the LORD is in this place; and I didn’t know (v16); so if one thing stands out from his story, it is the fact that you neither have to be comfortable or in a ‘particular location’ to be in God’s presence.
Beloved, connecting with Him is so much easier than we picture it to be because He is ‘an always present, everywhere and everyday God’.